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Bokes Creek


Client: City of Columbus
Location: Union County, Ohio
Watershed: Scioto River
Restored Channel Length: 3,600 l.f.
Drainage Area: 1.05 sq.mi.


Site Survey and Evaluation
Project Design and Installation
Natural Channel Design
Water Quality Improvement
Riparian Best Management


Powder Lick Run is a tributary to Bokes Creek with a drainage area of 3.84 mi2 and a gradient (fall) of 16.8 ft/mile. Impairments in the watershed include nutrient enrichment and low dissolved oxygen (DO) associated with concentrated manure applications. Hydromodification and adjacent land uses "have diminished the natural assimilative capabilities of this watershed." The impacts to Powder Lick Run have also degraded the water quality of Bokes Creek below its confluence with Powder Lick Run.

The goals of the Bokes Creek Water Quality Enhancement Project are to promote Natural Channel Design principles and riparian Best Management Practices throughout the Bokes Creek watershed to improve water quality.

This project will provide valuable applied science and information to local residents, agri-business, educators and agencies. A monitoring program has been designed for the project for 2003 and 2004 to track and assess project performance.

This project is funded primarily by a Section 319 Water Quality Implementation Grant through Ohio EPA. In addition, each of the project partners will provide monetary or in-kind contributions toward fulfillment of the project.



Click below to view a Quicktime Slide Show of the Bokes Creek Construction Process (2.0 Mb)